1,500 Edison customers without power on Christmas Eve as gusty winds bring dangerous fire conditions to SoCal

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About 1,500 Southern California Edison customers remained without power Thursday afternoon as gusty Santa Ana winds brought dangerous fire conditions to the region.

The utility company is hoping to limit the possibility of its equipment sparking a brush fire during periods of heavy wind and dry conditions by implementing the Public Safety Power Shutoffs.

As of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, more than 18,000 SCE customers were without power, according to its website. Just before 4. p.m., the utility said about 1,500 customers still did not have electricity.

SCE had been considering power outages for about 155,000 customers in parts of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and surrounding counties, according to its website.

The outages came after gusty winds returned to much of the region Wednesday night.

A red flag warning was in place until noon Thursday for much of L.A. and Ventura counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind speeds were forecast to reach between 40 and 60 mph, but were expected to diminish Thursday afternoon.

Red flag warnings in San Bernardino, Riverside and Orange counties were also set to expire at noon.

Sunny skies and comfortable conditions are expected to return for Christmas Day.

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